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Sheffield’s young artists finally get to display their work in full

The UK’s largest annual art competition for school children finally re-opens its doors to exhibition visitors in a few weeks’ time after COVID forced a two year absence.  

Sheffield Young Artists

L-R, Ken Marshall, Sheffield Lord Mayor, Councillor Gail Smith and Peter Clark

The Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition – which comprises up to 1,200 pieces of art – is set to take place at Norfolk Street’s Central United Reformed Church on Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th of April.

The event, organised by Sheffield Abbeydale Rotary, invites entries from school children aged 5 to 18 from schools right across the city.

The exhibition weekend is the culmination of the Sheffield Young Artists programme. The competition first took place in 2005.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield is set to present the awards to the winners.

City-based Graysons Solicitors is the sponsor of the Sheffield Young Artists event.

Peter Clark, managing partner, said: “We are delighted to see the event finally happen after all this time. There is so much talent amongst the young people of Sheffield and it’s going to be wonderful to see so much of it going on display in April.”

Though the Sheffield Young Artists competition has continued over the past two years, COVID restrictions have meant the full exhibition has been unable to take place. Smaller displays took place at both Art in the Gardens and the Great Sheffield Art Show.

But it hasn’t all been doom and gloom for the event in lockdown. The success of Sheffield Young Artists has ended up being the inspiration for a similar event in Bochum, Germany, which takes place later this year. Artworks by the children of Sheffield are set to feature.

Ken Marshall, who organises Sheffield Young Artists on behalf of Sheffield Abbeydale Rotary, said: “Though we’ve had a very frustrating two years caused by COVID, there have been two bits of very good news – the continued support of Graysons as our sponsor and spreading our influence to Germany! We have worked together with the Bochum Renaissance Rotary Club who have adopted our format and will be holding its first Young Artists exhibition in May 2022.”

This year’s exhibition runs from 10am until 7pm on Friday, April 29th and from 10am until 3pm on Saturday, April 30th. Entrance is £1 for adults and free for those 18 years and under.

Graysons  has a keen interest in local culture and has been the main sponsor of the city’s celebrated Art in the Gardens event for the past three years.


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